slumgullion

noun slum·gul·lion \ ˈsləm-ˌgəl-yən , ˌsləm-ˈgəl- \

Definition of slumgullion

: a meat stew

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Slumgullion may not sound like the most appetizing name for a dish, but that’s part of its charm. The word’s etymology doesn’t do it any favors: "slumgullion" is believed to be derived from "slum," an old word for "slime," and "gullion," an English dialectical term for "mud" or "cesspool." The earliest recorded usage of "slumgullion," in Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872), refers not to a stew but a beverage. The sense referring to the stew debuted about two decades later, and while there is no consensus on exactly what kinds of ingredients are found in it, that’s the "slumgullion" that lives on today.

Origin and Etymology of slumgullion

perhaps from slum slime + English dialect gullion mud, cesspool


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